In February 2015, CIC introduced new rules regarding LMIA-exempt
work permit applications. A $230 compliance fee and a new form (the
IMM 5802 form) became mandatory. We outlined details of these
changes in an
The February 2015 announcement indicated that a new electronic
system would be introduced so that employers could send job offer
information to CIC through an "Employer Portal". This
Employer Portal will be in place starting Oct. 26, 2015. The IMM
5802 form will no longer be accepted as of Nov. 21, 2015, so there
is a short overlap period.
CIC recently posted the following on their website:
"Starting October 26,
2015, CIC is introducing a new electronic system, the Employer
Employers must submit offers
of employment in Labour Market Impact Assessment-exempt situations
directly to CIC using this new system. The previous form, IMM 5802
Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from the
Labour Market Impact Assessment, will no longer be
If an employer has already
provided a completed form to a foreign worker, the worker should
submit a work permit application prior to November 21, 2015. If the
foreign worker does not submit their application before this date,
the employer must resubmit the Offer of Employment using the
As of the date this article was prepared, the details on the
Employer Portal are not available.
However, employers should be aware of this change and should
start using the Employer Portal as of Oct. 26 to file the job offer
information for LMIA-exempt work permit situations. As well,
employers need to be aware that an IMM 5802 cannot be used in a
work permit application after Nov. 20, 2015 according to the CIC
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